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Meaning of GRIMACE

Pronunciation:  'grimus

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a contorted facial expression; "she made a grimace at the prospect"
  2. [v]  contort the face to indicate a certain mental or emotional state; "He grimaced when he saw the amount of homework he had to do"

GRIMACE is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: face, make a face, pull a face
 See Also: communicate, cross one's eyes, facial expression, facial gesture, frown, glower, intercommunicate, lour, lower, mop, moue, mow, pout, pout, screw up, smile, squinch, squint, wince, wry face



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Gri*mace"\ (gr[i^]*m[=a]s"), n. [F., prob. of Teutonic
    origin; cf. AS. gr[imac]ma mask, specter, Icel. gr[imac]ma
    mask, hood, perh. akin to E. grin.]
    A distortion of the countenance, whether habitual, from
    affectation, or momentary aad occasional, to express some
    feeling, as contempt, disapprobation, complacency, etc.; a
    smirk; a made-up face.
          Moving his face into such a hideous grimace, that every
          feature of it appeared under a different distortion.
    Note: ``Half the French words used affectedly by Melantha in
          Dryden's ``Marriage a-la-Mode,'' as innovations in our
          language, are now in common use: chagrin,
          double-entendre, ['e]claircissement, embarras,
          ['e]quivoque, foible, grimace, na["i]vete, ridicule.
          All these words, which she learns by heart to use
          occasionally, are now in common use.'' --I. Disraeli.
  2. \Gri*mace"\, v. i.
    To make grimaces; to distort one's face; to make faces. --H.
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